Fancy Green Beans | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

green beans tossed in vinaigrette with toasted walnuts and fried shallots

Fancy Green Beans

Perfect for the holidays, these fancy green beans are dressed up with fried shallots, toasted walnuts and tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette.

This green bean dish is a healthy alternative to the traditional green bean casserole served during the holidays.

Instead of using canned cream of mushroom soup and fried onions that aren’t gluten-free, we use healthier and leaner ingredients.  

Thanksgiving dinner with fancy green beans, good gluten free stuffing and turkey.

If you are looking for other gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes check out the perfect roasted turkey recipe and our awesome recipe for really good gluten-free stuffing.

The nice thing about this dish, is that it is so quick and super easy. But you get lots of flavor and texture.

Plus it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and casein-free.

Make sure you use GF mustard and the walnuts aren’t processed at a facility with WHEAT.

Fancy Green Beans | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Perfect for the holidays, these fancy green beans are dressed up with fried shallots, toasted walnuts and tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fancy green beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp GF stone ground mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Mix together the vinaigrette: 2 tsp olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a small cast iron skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced shallots and cook over medium low heat until caramelized. Set aside.
  3. Wash and rinse the green beans. Trim off the ends. Bring a large pot of water and 1 tsp olive oil to a boil and add the green beans. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Drain.
  4. In another small skillet, toast the chopped walnuts over medium heat for a few minutes. Let cool.
  5. Toss together the vinaigrette, green beans, caramelized shallots, walnuts before serving. And there you have it – fancy, healthy green beans everyone will love!

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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